Friday, July 16, 2010

Now Beck Joins the Race Baiting.

Glenn Beck is now picking up the race baiting of Megyn Kelly and repeating it almost word for word; including all the bits she got wrong.

Later, Beck said the New Black Panther case was an "open-and-shut case," adding that "Bush started the prosecution before the end of his term, but then Obama comes in and decides suddenly in May of 2009 to drop the case."

This ignores the fact that it was the Bush Department of Justice that decided not to pursue criminal charges against the New Black Panthers, and that Obama's DOJ obtained default judgment against New Black Panther member King Samir Shabazz for carrying a weapon outside a polling station, which Beck himself noted later in the show.
Beck then hyped comments from Bartle Bull, who he identified as "a civil rights lawyer from the 1960s" and "a former campaign manager for Robert Kennedy." Beck quoted Bull as stating, "This is the most blatant form of voter intimidation I have ever seen." Beck stressed again that Bull was "not a right-wing Republican shill." But just as his colleagues at Fox & Friends did recently, Beck left out the fact that Bull was serving as a poll watcher for John McCain on Election Day 2008 and that he seems to have a longstanding dislike for Obama.
But this is now part of a pattern which is developing over at Fox News and shows a desire for this story to be made into bigger news than it is. Indeed, editor-in-chief Erick Erickson has called on Republicans to "seize on this issue" and turn the New Black Panther Party into the "21st century Willie Horton."

People like Kelly have, until now, claimed that she was "just trying to shine some light" on this subject, and bemoaned that some people were calling her out for race baiting. But Beck shows no such shyness; he actually begins his programme saying, "We want to talk about racism tonight."

Of course, in Beck's world it is black racism against whites which he wants to discuss.

Rather than admit this story is "small potatoes", Fox News are now doubling down on this tale of "voter intimidation", despite that fact that not a single voter - nay, not one - has ever claimed that they were intimidated.

And they are doing so because it allows them to talk about black men intimidating white people and then imply that the black man in the White House is doing nothing about it. Or, in Kelly's case, even go as far as to say that the DOJ no longer prosecutes cases with black defendants where the plaintiffs are white. It's quite the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

Nor are they the only two on the right pushing this nonsensical story forward:

Limbaugh: Obama and Holder "continue to protect and represent" New Black Panthers. During his July 12 show, Rush Limbaugh said that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder "continue to protect and represent" the New Black Panther Party.

Levin: New Black Panthers are part of the "armies of the left." On his July 12 program, conservative radio host Mark Levin falsely claimed that Eric Holder didn't "allow sentencing" for New Black Panthers, and added that the NBPP are part of the "armies of the left." Levin previously claimed that Holder, the nation's first African-American attorney general, "embraces the New Black Panthers."

I don't remember the right being up in arms when a man was seen at an Obama event with a (legal) handgun strapped to his leg, holding a sign referencing the famous Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

That was simply an individual exercising his right to bear arms. But a black man with a night stick? That's deeply intimidating.

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